Dorothy Gees Seckler collection of sound recordings relating to art and artists, 1962-1976

Seckler, Dorothy Gees, b. 1910 d. 1994
Art historian
Active in Bronxville, N.Y.; Provincetown, Mass.

Collection size: 1.6 linear feet

Collection Summary: The Dorothy Gees Seckler collection of sound recordings relating to art and artists measures 1.6 linear feet and dates from 1962 to 1976. Recordings include 20 interviews conducted by Seckler, one interview by John Jones, and 17 additional recordings of mostly contemporary art-related programs and interviews taped from radio and television broadcasts. Recordings are on 26 sound cassettes and 25 sound tape reels.

Biographical/Historical Note: Dorothy Gees Seckler (1910-1994) was an art historian from Bronxville, New York and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

The bulk of the collection, including the interviews with the Provincetown artists, was donated 1995 by Don Seckler, son of Dorothy Seckler. The source of acquisition for the Seckler interviews with the Woodstock artists is unknown.

Funding for the transcription of Seckler's interviews with Provincetown artists was provided by Shirley Gorelick in 2014.

How to Use this Collection

  • Read the Finding Aid for this collection
  • All of the sound recordings in this collection were digitized for research access in 2011-2012 and are available at the Archives of American Art offices. Researchers may view the original reels for the archival notations on them, but original reels are not available for playback due to fragility. Digital transcripts of Seckler's interviews with Provincetown artists are available on the Archives of American Art's website.
    In addition, a transcript of the John Jones interview with George Segal is available on microfilm reel 3949, available through interlibrary loan.
  • Use of original papers requires and appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C. Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
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Related Materials

In 2012, several duplicates of recordings Seckler made for the Archives of American Arts oral history program were removed from the collection including: Peter and Riva Dechar (1965 and 1967), David von Schlegell (1967), Joan Mitchell (1965), Theresa Schwartz (1965), Paul Burlin (1962), Ibram Lassaw (1964), Jack Tworkov (1962), Allan Kaprow (1968), Edwin Dickinson (1962), Nathan Halper (1963), Louise Nevelson (1964-1965), Karl Knaths (1962), and Stephen Greene (1968). Joan Mitchell's 1965 oral history interview remains with the Seckler collection because reel 2 of this recording also contains a discussion of optical art that belongs in the Seckler collection. The oral history interview has been digitized and is available through the Archives' oral history program.
Other related materials in the Archives' collections include several additional interviews conducted by Seckler for its oral history program, a full recording and transcript of the August 28, 1963 symposium on pop art, for which brief sound notes are found in this collection, and a transcript of the John Jones interview with George Segal in the John Jones interviews with artists collection, 1965 October 5-1965 November 12.